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Take a look at the results of our previous polls.

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In the future, will authors have only a few mega journals to choose from when submitting their manuscripts?

Choices Available:

  No, there will still be room for niche journals: 89
  Yes, I think we are heading down that road: 20

Total votes cast: 109

Poll dates: 16/09/2014 to 12/11/2014


If experiments don’t produce positive results they are often not published, yet they can help to progress research. Should we publish them?

Choices Available:

 Yes: 349
  No: 23

Total votes cast: 372

Poll dates: 15/05/2014 to 16/09/2014


If we begin to publish articles as they become available how would you like us to communicate with you?

Choices Available:

 Send me an email each time a new item is published: 54
 Send me the usual quarterly email round-up: 29

Total votes cast: 83

Poll dates: 04/03/2014 to 14/05/2014


Is the pressure of grants to publish driving the rise in unethical practices from authors?

Choices Available:

Yes: 240 
 No: 73

Total votes cast: 315


Poll dates: 04/11/2013 to 03/03/2014


Are research misconduct cases on the rise or are journals just getting better at uncovering them?

Choices Available:

Yes, they are generally on the rise: 75
No, thanks to software and experience we just spot more of them: 66

Total votes cast: 141

Poll dates: 19/09/2013 to 04/11/2013


How do you prefer to access information online?

Choices Available:

Via PDF: 77
Both – depends on what I’m trying to achieve: 65
Via HTML: 21
Neither – I prefer to print out information: 11

Total votes cast: 174

Poll dates: 27/06/2013 to 18/09/2013


Do you think it’s time to clarify researchers’ contributions to an article by moving to a contributorship model?

Choices Available:

Yes: 83
No: 27

Total votes cast: 110

Poll dates: 14/03/2013 to 26/06/2013


What is a reasonable time period for a peer review? (poll topic submitted by reader Terry Tan)

Choices Available:

Two weeks: 65
One month: 177
Two months: 70
Three months: 25
Longer: 20

Total votes cast: 357

Poll dates: 31/10/2012 to 13/03/2013


How would you prefer to communicate with your fellow Editors online? Via

Choices Available:

Email: 71
Not at all: 31
Editors’ Update online community: 16
Forums in EES: 9
Existing social media sites such as   LinkedIn/ResearchGate: 3
Existing blogs/communities for your   discipline: 2

Total votes cast: 132

Poll dates: 05/06/2012 to 30/10/2012

Would you review for a journal that made the names of its reviewers public?

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